Liverpool FC has won planning approval for a £75m expansion of its Anfield stadium.
Liverpool City Council’s Planning Committee granted planning permission for the expansion of the club’s Main Stand and for outline proposals to expand the Anfield Road Stand, subject to conditions and legal agreement.
The redevelopment of the Main Stand could add an additional 8,500 seats, taking its capacity to nearly 21,000 and overall Anfield capacity to around 54,000.
The outline proposals for the Anfield Road Stand provide for an increase in its capacity of around 4,800 seats.
Carillion, which was named preferred bidder for the expansion in July, will begin work on the Main Stand early next year, and the work is expected to be complete in time for the 2016/17 season.
Matches will continue to be played at Anfield during the construction work.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “This is a very important milestone in our ambitions to transform the Anfield area, bringing new jobs, investment and housing.
“The overall regeneration will see £260m invested in Anfield. Liverpool Football Club’s proposals for the stadium are a key part of this.
“The club is a major employer in the area and its stadium is a major draw for tourists and visitors.”
The proposed expansion is just one element of a major regeneration plan, which was announced by Liverpool City Council in October 2012, to transform the Anfield area.